Junior Investigator Neuroscience Research Award




We are pleased to announce that the Fall 2018 JINRA awardees are a collaboration between Hannah Monday (Neuroscience Dept., Castillo Lab) and Mathieu Bordenx (Developmental and Molecular Biology Dept., Cuervo Lab) and a separate project from Laura Cheney (Microbiology and Immunology Dept., Berman Lab).


Past JINRA awardees are Todd Rubin from the Lipton lab; Randy Stout from the Spray Lab; and Steven Cook & Leo Tang respectively from the Emmons and Buelow Labs; and finally, Ali Zahalka from the laboratory of Dr. Paul Frenette . 




The Junior Investigator Neuroscience Research Award is a competitive award that provides funding for Albert Einstein College of Medicine PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows performing neuroscience-related research. This award provides resources for a neuroscience-related research project that complements the applicant’s current research. An additional purpose is to promote scientific communication, grantsmanship and engagement in a peer-review process among neuroscience students and postdocs.


Eligibility Criteria 


To be eligible for this award:  

  1. You must currently be an Einstein PhD student or postdoctoral fellow conducting neuroscience-related research, in good standing with your department. 
  2. The proposed project should not contain materials from any of your or your mentor’s current, previous, or pending grants. 
  3. You should not be a previous recipient of this award.


Timeline for 2018 submission (review dates subject to change)


Award Term  Round 1 
Letter of Intent Deadline October 5, 2018
Final Submission Deadline November 9, 2018
Scientific Merit Review December 6, 2018
Notification of Award Before January 1, 2018
Amount of Award $5,000
  • Award Stipulations: Each award is for up to $5,000. Laboratory equipment, reagents, or shared facility costs constitute appropriate use of this fund. Items such as personal computers do not. The funds are not to be used for defraying costs of attending a scientific conference. 




  1. Applicants should follow the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide
  2. The application must be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to neuroscidept@mail.einstein.yu.edu by the posted deadline.
  3. Email subject must include "Neuroaward" to be forwarded properly to the review committee.  
  4. The application must include the following items (note links for specific files/formats): 

 Cover Page 

Specific Aims (1 page) 

Research Strategy (3 pages)

Updated NIH biosketch (5 page limit) 

 Budget (1 page - see FAQ) 

Facilities & Other Resources (1 page)

Bibliography & References Cited 


 Information for Reviewers (dates to be updated in near future)


  • September 24th, 2018 - Study Section Training Session - Signup here (Time to be determined, K901)




 Core Values of Peer Review
 Definitions of Scoring Criteria
 CSR NIH Grant Review Process Videos
 CSR Reviewer Resources
 NIH Guidance for Reviewers
 Review Template
 Example Critiques
 Writing an effective critique


Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: For the budget, should we fill out the PHS398 budget form, or just have a text page within the grant listing the planned costs? 

A: The PHS398 Budget page asks for a lot of information not applicable to this grant application. While it is an essential part of your training as a future PI to familiarize yourself with these NIH applications and forms, for the JINRA application, a page within the application listing the planned costs with justification should do. You can fill out the budget form linked here. 




Q: I did not submit a letter of intent. Can I still submit a grant application? 




 A: Yes. Grant proposals submitted by the deadline will be accepted, even if a letter of intent was not submitted.
Q: I submitted an application for JINRA in a previous round that was not funded. Can I resubmit the application? 




 A: Yes. One resubmission of an application is allowed. Refer to NIH guidelines on resubmission here.
You must include an introduction for all resubmission that:


  • summarizes substantial additions, deletions, and changes to the application
    • individual changes do not need to be identified within other application attachments (e.g. do not need to bold or italicize changes in Research Strategy)
  • responds to the issues and criticism raised in the previous application
  • is one page or less in length



Contact Information 


Additional questions or concerns? Email neuroscidept@mail.einstein.yu.edu.